Who Lydia is...
Hornist, composer, and performance clinician LYDIA LOWERY BUSLER began her performing career at age 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and composing career at the same time writing for high school dance troupes. Lydia has since performed with the New York City Ballet, Brooklyn Philharmonic, José Limón Dance Company, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, as well as holding the position of Solo Horn with the Rome Festival Opera. Ms. Busler has formed collaborative partnerships with pianists Elizabeth Metcalfe, Simone Dinnerstein and Mary Au, violinists Raymond Karl Malone and Jose Miguel Cueto, percussionist Dov Michael Schiller, cellist Robert Blais, tubist Tony Clements, bassist Glenn Smith, hornist Jeffrey Agrell, and the Starlight Horn Duo. Lydia received a spotlight in the San Francisco Classical Voice for the many performances of her solo tour of Bay Area in April and May of 2013, including a solo engagements with the Mission Peak Brass Band, the Ohlone Wind Symphony, and a solo extravaganza highlighting Lydia as performer, composer, and improvisationalist at Stanford University. Lydia was nominated in 2014 to ACME: Mu Phi Epsilon's list of esteemed Artists, Composers, Musicologists and Educators, for her outstanding credentials as a composer, performing artist, and clinician in the United States and abroad. Lydia plays a Lewis and Duerk x5 horn.
Soloist, lyric improvisationalist, clinician: "Rewiring Your Brain for Joy on Stage!", and composer (ASCAP), Lydia's compositions are performed by artists around the world. In honor of the 2011 Year of the Vermont Composer, Lydia was awarded by the Consortium of Vermont Composers for the war-time opera One Way In (to be premiered June 2014), written with her collaborative partner playwright Lars Nielsen, and by the International Horn Society Meir Rimon Commissioning Fund for Lanterns, commissioned for and performed across the continent by the ZINKALI trio. In the same year, Lydia's vocal/instrumental folk work Thirteen Feathers and Thirteen Stones was performed at the Vermont Statehouse for the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and Journale was composed for and premiered by flutist Aleksandr Haskin with pianist Mary Au at the Nixon Library in Los Angeles.
Other notable recent performances of favorite works include Moon Lilies for horn and piano at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford as well as the Frost Cycle for soprano, horn and piano and Lanterns for flute, horn, and piano at the 2012 Women's Work series in New York City and the International Horn Symposium in Texas. The horn duo Mysterium was also premiered at the 2012 Northeast Horn Workshop. In April 2013, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble premiered The Meadow is Gone for flute, clarinet, bassoon, triangle, guitar, cello, and harp and Blue Insomniac Nights for flute, bassoon, and guitar, both newly commissioned to respond to specific poems of Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. Violist Elizabeth Reid and pianist Alison Cerutti commissioned, premiered, recorded, and performed on WGDR The Scree Dragon throughout 2014. Lydia is eagerly awaiting the premiere of her new her four-act musical theatre collaboration with playwright Lars Nielsen, One Way In. Other recent works and premieres include Reverence, a work for flute, horn, bass, and piano for Ellie Jenkins at Dalton State University, El Sombrero Atrapado for horn and cello for Jeremy Cucco, and Irrational Happiness for the Metalwerx Tuba Quartet.
Lydia belongs to ACME, to the Los Angeles Chapter of the international professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Her works are published by Cimarron and by the Westleaf Edition and you can view or download Lydia's catalogue here.
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